Typically, the last thing a museum wants you to do is touch the artwork. But for the Tarble's upcoming flatfile exhibition, visitors will be allowed and even encouraged to page through portfolios installed in the galleries: each flat-file drawer will contain artworks made by members of the Tarble community. This intimate and tactile viewing experience allows an unprecedented look at the variety of work being produced by artists working today while rewarding practices of slow looking and multiple visits to the exhibition space.
When the exhibition opens, visitors to the gallery will be invited to put on gloves and then carefully page through portfolios of artwork. The Tarble will manage a system to put collectors in touch with exhibiting artists, as many of the works will be for sale, but the Tarble will not handle any financial transactions or sales.